The Big Chair

DC Native’s look down on chair climbers! It is more of a monument not a playground course. That’s why it has lasted for so long.

In 1959, Anacostia’s Curtis Bros. Furniture Company commissioned Bassett Furniture to construct a 19.5 foot tall Duncan Phyfe dining room chair to put on display outside their showroom at V St. and Nichols Ave. SE (now Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd. SE). Made from African mahogany and weighing some 4,600 pounds, “The Big Chair” was labeled the largest chair in the world.